Thursday, April 27, 2017

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder



"People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder', and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder.  This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves."  -  Salma Hayek


"I like it...but...there's too much out of focus."

I put an arm around my daughter's shoulders as we stand side-by-side staring at my computer screen.

"Bokeh...bokeh...bokeh." I tell her.

She replies, "Mouth?...Mouth?...Mouth?"

"Bokeh...bokeh...bokeh."

"Mouth?"

Speaking slowly and clearly, maybe even a little louder, I add, "BOH...keh."

"Mom, you really need to learn how to pronounce Spanish words before you try to use them."

She turned and walked away.

My daughter thought I was trying, once again, to speak Spanish and then failing miserably.  My Spanish training ended when I quit watching Sesame Street many years ago, which reflects my skill level.   I had no idea 'boca' means 'mouth' in Spanish...now I do...and she will never forget what bokeh is in photography.  :)



I guess bokeh isn't for everybody...but I like it.

I like the mystery, knowing what the subject is and letting my mind fill in the unknown.  I think bokeh is a little magical.  :)

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a beautiful day!

Michelle



Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring


"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat." 
 -  Laura Ingals Wilder
"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather."  
-  Terri Guillemets


I haven't seen them...but I can hear them.  They are a sure sign spring is here and bugs are near.  The woodpeckers are back, the big ones I can hear inside my house.  Maybe they never leave, they just find other things to eat in the winter, but the sound of them pecking on the trees is a welcome sign of spring.

Other signs of spring?

Green everywhere.

Flip Flops!!

The frogs are having a symphony every night.

Being able to spend time on a boat.


The smell of mulch.

Aching muscles from working too hard in the yard.  (Also a sign of getting old. :)

Earthworms in my landscaping, on the sidewalk after a heavy rain...and on my fishing hook.

The smell of freshly cut grass along with the sound of lawnmowers echoing through the neighborhood.

The back screen door slamming.

 A jacket in the morning...a tee shirt by midday.

Dirt under my nails. (How does that happen even when I wear gardening gloves?)

Going to the store with messy hair because the sunroof and all the windows were open in the car.


I have been enjoying spring and got out early to take some pictures of the new leaves in the morning light.  I use to think sun flares were a bad thing, now I love them and the haze they add to the picture.  I can't wait for more flowers to bloom...and of course to take pictures of them. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day and enjoy the weather!

Michelle



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Little Magic...

"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."  -  Roald Dahl


I wasn't looking for it...but I found a little magic.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Chilly Weekend



"We were meant to explore this earth like children do...unhindered by fear...propelled by curiosity and a sense of discovery."  -  unknown

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Slowing Down



"Without patience, we will learn less in life.  We will see less.  We will feel less.  We will hear less.  Ironically, rush and more usually means less."  -   Mother Teresa
"Slow down and enjoy life.  It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why."  -  Eddie Cantor

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bloom



"Bloom where you are planted."  -  Mary Engelbreit

This is the first time it has happened in several years...my Christmas cactus bloomed. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Long Weekend



'There is always a sunrise and always a sunset and it's up to you to choose to be there for it,' said my mother. 'Put yourself in the way of beauty.'  -  Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shades of Brown



"When you train your eyes to see the magic and miracles in the little things, you open the door for your whole life to shift."  -  Carol Woodliff


The warmish February afternoon was perfect for shooting.  Megan grabbed her bow and arrows.  I grabbed my Nikon.